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Umberto Eco's new novel acquired by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt announced their acquisition of Umberto Eco’s newest novel, Numero Zero.

A No. 1 bestseller in Italy for several weeks, Numero Zero tells the story of a ghostwriter in Milan who gets entangled in a dark world of media politics and murderous conspiracies. “This novel is vintage Eco—corrupt newspapers, clandestine plots, imaginary histories—and will appeal to his many readers and earn him legions of new ones,” says HMH’s general interest publisher Bruce Nichols, in a release. 

Numero Zero will be published on Nov. 3, and rights have been sold in 34 countries. Eco’s other works include The Name of the Rose, The Prague Cemetery, and Inventing the Enemy.